Level 4 | Software | Developer | Apprenticeship

Level 4 Software Developer


The Skills Network’s Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship will guide and inspire the developer to interpret and build software as part of a wider team. Software developers will typically spend their days building and testing simple code across various layers of a system. As part of this Apprenticeship, the developer will learn how to interpret design documents and specifications, as well as customer briefs. Any customer requirements will usually be agreed by more experienced or specialist members of the team, such as a business analyst or technical architect, but it is crucial for the software developer to have awareness around these areas so they can produce high quality code in line with demand and expectations.

The Skills Network offers individualised learning to each Apprentice and heavily involves the employer with all curriculum scoping to ensure that progress is meaningful. Alongside this, prior attainment is carefully considered from the start to ensure that time on programme is maximised.

We have the ability to individualise every Apprentice’s scheme of work to produce a bespoke delivery plan tailored around the individual’s needs by incorporating content from our e-learning catalogue, providing a more enhanced experience for the Apprentice.

The Skills Network’s strong IAG ensures that each Apprentice understands the context of their learning, the assessment methodology, and that their future career progression is carefully mapped into their journey. In addition, the curriculum scoping exercise provides an opportunity to review prior learning and completed qualifications, with the aim of personalising Apprenticeships to support and enhance your business, and therefore your Apprentices’ progress and progression.


Individual employers may set any entry requirements, which may include the following:

It is desirable that candidates would have achieved a level 2 in Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above) prior to commencing their Apprenticeship training. Those Apprentices who are yet to achieve a level 2 in English and Maths will have the opportunity to complete these qualifications during their Apprenticeship. However, a level 2 must be achieved in these areas before they qualify for entry to their End Point Assessment (EPA).

Throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship your staff will develop a range of new knowledge, skills and behaviours which will add significant value to each Apprentices overall learning, progress and development. Examples include:


  • Different stages of the software development lifecycle
  • The differences between agile and waterfall software development methodologies
  • Understanding how teams work effectively to produce software
  • Applying different software design approaches and patterns in a business environment
  • The mathematical knowledge required to be a software developer.


  • Logical and creative thinking skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Using own initiative
  • Being organised.


  • Ability to work independently and take responsibility
  • Ability to work with a range of internal and external people
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations.

The benefits of this level 4 Apprenticeship include:

  • You will see improved staff retention
  • Work in partnership with a nationally recognised training provider
  • Employees will achieve a nationally recognised level 4 qualification
  • Employees get access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • Bespoke support to ensure your Apprentices access high quality ‘off the job’ learning
  • Rapid improvements within your employees' performance, productivity and behaviours which will benefit your organisations services
  • Employees will receive subject specialist support from a Trainer and access to a Learner Support Advisor (LSA) for everyday queries
  • This Apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians upon confirming an appropriate SFIA level 3
  • Achievement of this Apprenticeship could lead to progression onto other Higher Education courses.

    For further guidance/information on funding an Apprenticeship, please click here

    Most recent customer reviews

    Be the first to review this course


    Do you want to find out more about how our courses and services have helped people in their careers as well as day-to-day lives? Click below for feedback, ratings and stories from our learners.